As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Casey Anthony has been found not guilty on murder, manslaughter and child abuse charges of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
I loaded the dishwasher this afternoon as I watched the verdict being read. And then, I felt physically ill as the tears stung the corners of my eyes. My only thought was, “No one is going to have to be responsible for this child’s death. NO ONE.”
You see, when you’re a mom there’s a gene that kicks in when you hear stories like this. It’s unofficially called the, “I will protect my child no matter what” gene. (That’s the generic medical term.) That’s why I have such a hard time reconciling Casey Anthony’s actions during her daughter’s disappearance and death.
Last year, my daughter was also two years old. She had a febrile seizure and stopped breathing. I had to give her rescue breaths as she was lying blue on my kitchen floor. It was the worst experience of my life and even though it was an illness that made her stop breathing, I’m still racked with guilt over it almost daily.
So, how do you not see your two-year-old daughter for 31 days and not feel guilty about it? If Casey Anthony had nothing to do with her daughter’s death, then why did she make up the existence of a nanny? Why did she lie to police about having a job? Why was her car impounded with several people reporting a “smell of death” coming from it?
These are all questions that bounce around in my mind as the images of the angelic face of little Caylee Anthony keeps repeating like a slide show inside my head.
I’m not saying that our justice system doesn’t work. I wasn’t a jury member and I didn’t listen to the case or see all the evidence. But I can tell you that if my daughter came up missing for just one hour–even a fraction of an hour–then I would be on the phone to the police. Not reporting your daughter missing for 31 days and partying in bars the whole time is unconscionable.
No, I don’t know the court evidence, but I do know this: no real mother would react the way Casey Anthony did with her child missing…and that’s all the evidence that I need.
Note: If you want to read an interesting timeline of the events and make your own judgement, visit AboveTopSecret.com.
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